Employers have a ‘duty of care’ towards their employees. If you’ve been injured as a result of your employer’s negligence, you may be entitled make a compensation work accidents claim.
Accidents at work are unfortunately relatively common, and can occur in any type of job and every workplace has its own set of hazards, which if ignored, can cause injuries.
All employers are required by law to take steps to ensure their environment is safe and the risk of an accident at work is minimal.
This could mean testing machinery regularly, providing adequate safety equipment, or informing employees of dangers in the workplace, and how to avoid them. Each environment will have its own set of work accident risks, which need to be assessed by the employer.
If an employer ignores these responsibilities, for example if they fail to comply with Health and Safety laws put in place to make the workplace safer, and you’re injured as a result, you may be entitled to put in a compensation work accidents claim.
Compensation work accident claims and your rights
We know that some people worry about being treated differently, or even dismissed if they claim compensation after an accident at work. It’s illegal for your employer to discipline or dismiss you for making a compensation work accidents claim – this would amount to ‘unfair dismissal’.
Types of compensation work accident claim
A workplace can take many different forms, including:
- A factory or warehouse
- An office
- A restaurant or shop
It can also include a van or car if driving is part of your job. In this case, company vehicles would need to be safe and roadworthy. If the vehicle is poorly maintained, and the driver sustains an injury in an accident which occurs as a result, they may be entitled to make a claim for work accident compensation.
Returning to work
Returning after an accident at work can sometimes be a stressful period. It may be a good idea to try and keep in touch with colleagues while recovering, to make the transition back to work as smooth as possible.
It’s also important that you don’t rush back to work too quickly after a work accident. If you go back to work too soon, you may find that you don’t make the full recovery you would if you were resting at home. Remember – our solicitors will build any money you’ve lost as a result of being of work into your work accident claim.
Ready to make a claim?
If you’ve been injured in an accident at work and want to claim compensation, getting started is easy. Simply fill in our short online claim form, or request a call back, and you could be speaking to an Accident Advice Helpline compensation work accidents claims solicitor in minutes.
Date Published: 23rd August 2013
Author: David Brown